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  • Precision Medicine | Eric Green, Rachel Hamburg

    Precision Medicine

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    • By Eric Green, Rachel Hamburg
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    How will advances in genomics - and advances in smartphones - shape the future of medicine? Dr. Eric Green describes the Precision Medicine Initiative, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Dr. Eric Green is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Sustainable Seas | Alexandra Cousteau

    Sustainable Seas

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    • By Alexandra Cousteau
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    How will we feed the Earth's growing population? In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, explorer, storyteller, and environmentalist Alexandra Cousteau discusses growing up in the real ‘life aquatic’, and how saving the oceans is the key to feeding the planet.

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  • Ocean Optimism | Nancy Knowlton, Rachel Hamburg

    Ocean Optimism

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    • By Nancy Knowlton, Rachel Hamburg
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    How can we help save Planet Ocean? Dr. Nancy Knowlton says we should consider the shark. She shares the shark success story, as well as others that are helping the conservation movement grow, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Dr. Nancy Knowlton is a marine biologist and serves as the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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  • Watson's Next Move | Marc Teerlink, Rachel Hamburg

    Watson's Next Move

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    • By Marc Teerlink, Rachel Hamburg
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    What has Watson the supercomputer been up to since winning Jeopardy in 2011? Marc Teerlink tells us about Watson's last four years, and where cognitive supercomputers are headed, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Marc Teerlink is the Chief Business Strategist at IBM's Watson Group. This talk was originally recorded in May 2015.

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  • Engineering the Atmosphere | David Keith, Rachel Hamburg

    Engineering the Atmosphere

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    • By David Keith, Rachel Hamburg
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    What do you do when cutting carbon emissions doesn't cut it? Dr. David Keith discusses why re-engineering the atmosphere may be crucial to stopping climate change, at the Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Dr. David Keith is a physicist who has worked on climate science, energy technology, and public policy for 25 years. He is a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard Paulson School.

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  • It's All About Rocks | Kirk Johnson

    It's All About Rocks

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    • By Kirk Johnson
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    Can geology help predict earthquakes? Kirk Johnson certainly thinks they can do that, and much more— Johnson calls himself “Chief Rock Collector” at the world’s largest museum. In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Johnson explains how earth’s geology can predict the future, helped create technology, and helps us imagine life on Mars.

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  • Quantum Woman | Shohini Ghose, Rachel Hamburg

    Quantum Woman

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    • By Shohini Ghose, Rachel Hamburg
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    Why is Quantum Woman the greatest superhero of all time? Dr. Shohini Ghose explains the incredible powers of quantum particles at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Dr. Shohini Ghose is an Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she serves as Director of the Center for Women in Science. She is also an affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

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  • The Smartest Creatures in The Universe | Seth Shostak

    The Smartest Creatures in The Universe

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    • By Seth Shostak
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    Think we're smart? In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Seth Shostak explains why we’re probably not the smartest creatures in the universe, how SETI is going about looking for aliens, and the probability that life exists outside of our solar system.

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  • Parasite Mind Control | Kelly Weinersmith, Rachel Hamburg

    Parasite Mind Control

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    • By Kelly Weinersmith, Rachel Hamburg
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    What can parasites teach neuroscientists about the brain? Dr. Kelly Weinersmith tells us about three parasites who have mastered the minds of their hosts with incredible precision, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Dr. Kelly Weinersmith is an ecologist specializing in parasite and host behaviors. She is a Huxley Fellow at Rice University.

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  • Slumber Party | Matt Walker, Rachel Hamburg

    Slumber Party

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    • By Matt Walker, Rachel Hamburg
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    What does sleep have to do with emotion and memory, and why does the future of sleep mean a return to the past? Dr. Matt Walker explains what's going on behind the scenes when we close our eyes for the night, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington DC. About the Speaker: Dr. Matt Walker is a professor of psychology and neuroscience, and director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory.

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  • Volcanic Respiration | Elizabeth Cottrell

    Volcanic Respiration

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    • By Elizabeth Cottrell
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    What makes volcanoes erupt? This talk from Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC is all about active volcanoes — and not just they might spew fire and destruction across a hundred mile radius. Instead, Elizabeth Cottrell, Director of Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program discusses an often overlooked facet of how Volcanoes function: their breathe.

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  • Cognitive Exoskeletons | Bill Casebeer, Rachel Hamburg

    Cognitive Exoskeletons

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    • By Bill Casebeer, Rachel Hamburg
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    How can we harness the huge power of data? Dr. Bill Casebeer describes the "cognitive exoskeleton", which he sees as a way to help our brains navigate a complex and increasingly data-rich world, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Dr. Bill Casebeer is a Research Area Manager in human systems optimization for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories.

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  • Digging Up Whales | Nick Pyenson

    Digging Up Whales

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    • By Nick Pyenson
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    How do you 3-D model whale fossils? In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Nick Pyenson gives us the down low on digitizing a whale fossil graveyard with the “Laser Cowboys” and why too much data can be a good thing… eventually.

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  • Who Invented the Internet? | Vinton Cerf

    Who Invented the Internet?

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    • By Vinton Cerf
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    Have you ever Googled the phrase “who invented the internet?” Vinton G. Cerf’s name is in the top results. Granted, he does work at Google, but as the Co-designer of TCP/IP protocols and the basic architecture of the Internet, his claim is pretty legit. In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Vinton not only recounts the birth of this thing we now totally take for granted, how he uses it to keep teenagers out of his wine cellar, and where he sees it going in the future.

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  • In The Beginning | John Mather

    In The Beginning

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    • By John Mather
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    How did we get here? In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Nobel Laureate John Mather walks us through the Big Bang, Dark Matter, and the essential instability of the universe. Sound terrifying? Don’t worry, Mather actually thinks the future will be much like the present… only more so.

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  • Deep Space Robotics | Tony Antonelli

    Deep Space Robotics

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    • By Tony Antonelli
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    How can't fragile human bodies survive deep space exploration? Maybe they don't have to. In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Tony Antonelli explains the challenges of deep space exploration for humans, and how robotics will help us transcend our fragile bodies in space.

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  • Robots on the Battlefield | Erik Schechter, Rachel Hamburg

    Robots on the Battlefield

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    • By Erik Schechter, Rachel Hamburg
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    What does a Terminator look like in real life? Erik Schechter takes us on a tour of the past, present, and future of killer robots at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Erik Schechter is a veteran, former defense contractor, PR agent, and journalist who has written for Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, and Popular Mechanics.

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  • Do We Matter? | Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

    Do We Matter?

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    • By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
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    Do we matter? Does mattering matter? In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein asks these questions and more. Find out why mattering matters so much to us from this MacArthur “genius” grant winner.

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  • Floating Buildings | Greg Henderson, Rachel Hamburg

    Floating Buildings

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    • By Greg Henderson, Rachel Hamburg
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    How do you make a building truly sustainable, when the land it's built on is susceptible to floods and earthquakes? Architect Greg Henderson has a surprising answer, which he discussed at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Greg Henderson is an architect and the co-founder of the architecture technology firm Arx Pax.

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  • Martian Self-Reliance | Dava Newman

    Martian Self-Reliance

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    • By Dava Newman
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    Could we really colonize Mars? This episode features NASA Deputy Administrator, Dava Newman, in conversation with author and astronomer Phil Plait at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. Learn not just how NASA plans to get to Mars, but why it will ultimately have to be self-sustaining on the Red Planet. Actually, I’m still trying to figure that out on Earth.

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  • Science Fact and 'Martian' Fiction | Jim Green

    Science Fact and 'Martian' Fiction

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    • By Jim Green
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    How realistic was 'The Martian'? In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Jim Green separates science fact from science fiction in the popular film The Martian. Learn not just what Hollywood got right, but what they missed.

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  • 3D Printers in Outer Space | Julielynn Wong, Rachel Hamburg

    3D Printers in Outer Space

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    • By Julielynn Wong, Rachel Hamburg
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    How can 3D printers help doctors practice medicine in resource-constrained environments...including outer space? Dr. Julielynn Wong tells us about the healing power of 3D printing at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Dr. Julielynn Wong is the founder of 3D4MD, which creates 3D printable medical supplies to deliver healthcare in the most challenging places.

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  • Lovelace's Legacy | Walter Isaacson, Rachel Hamburg

    Lovelace's Legacy

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    • By Walter Isaacson, Rachel Hamburg
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    Will increasingly advanced machines replace us? Biographer Walter Isaacson showcases some great thinkers on computers and intelligence, from Ada Lovelace to Alan Turing. Plus, what's our current approach to intelligent machines? Find out, in this lecture from Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival. About the Speaker: Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He is the author of several books, including The Innovators and Steve Jobs.

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  • Ancient Brains | Briana Pobiner

    Ancient Brains

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    • By Briana Pobiner
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    Does brain size matter? In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, research scientist Briana Pobiner explains how our enormous brains define us as a species, why beards are sexier during a recession, and why smallpox might some day make a comeback.

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  • A History of the Future | Nicholas Negroponte

    A History of the Future

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    • By Nicholas Negroponte
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    Where will technology take us next? As an author, co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, and serial investor, Nicholas Negroponte has been imagining the future for his entire career, and with no small degree of accuracy. In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Negroponte details not juts his successful past predictions, but those he’s still betting on.

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  • Nature Portal | W. John Kress, Rachel Hamburg

    Nature Portal

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    • By W. John Kress, Rachel Hamburg
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    In an increasingly urban world, how can we maintain our relationship with nature? Dr. W. John Kress describes a few tools that can serve as windows into the natural world, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC.

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  • Lovebots | Beth Phillips, Rachel Hamburg

    Lovebots

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    • By Beth Phillips, Rachel Hamburg
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    Would you ever date a robot? What about fall in love with a robot? Beth Phillips explains why the future of love and sex with robots is pretty much inevitable, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Beth Phillips is a PhD candidate who studies teamwork between humans and robots at the University of Central Florida.

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  • File Under

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    • By Chris Carter
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    Ever wonder how great science fiction television gets made? This episode steps outside science and technology to give a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the great science fiction franchises, The X-Files. In this interview at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, series creator Chris Carter talks about sneaking a stand out episode by the network suits, how the show got funny, and whether we’ll be seeing more of Mulder and Scully.

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  • Inhabiting Mars | Adam Stelzner

    Inhabiting Mars

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    • By Adam Stelzner
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    Where will find life beyond Earth? In August of 2012, NASA landed the Curiosity Rover on the Surface of Mars. Through data collected by Curiosity, NASA scientists have determined that ancient Mars could likely have supported life.

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  • Heat Blasts From the Past | Scott Wing, Rachel Hamburg

    Heat Blasts From the Past

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    • By Scott Wing, Rachel Hamburg
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    What can ancient climates teach us about the future? Dr. Scott Wing shares why fossil records and computer models of past climates are tremendously important for understanding what's next for our planet, at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC. About the Speaker: Dr. Scott Wing is the Curator of Fossil Plants at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

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  • Mobile Transformations | Joshua Bell

    Mobile Transformations

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    • By Joshua Bell
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    How are mobile phones changing us? Joshua Bell doesn’t want you to be afraid of your phone— but he does want you to understand it better. An anthropologist working at the intersection of mobile phone technology and the human trajectory. In this talk at Smithsonian Magazine's The Future Is Here Festival in Washington, DC, Bell examines the shifting relationship between people, artifacts and the environment.

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